Friday, July 12, 2013

Pizza Brain

2313 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-2965

I was reluctant to review this place at all because I am fundamentally opposed to the idea of hipster pizza. Not just a generalized, younger person, hipster-run place, but a place where they might be wearing My Little Pony pajamas (with footies) while they cook. I hate that shit.

I was invited there for an event, however, and I begrudgingly went and ordered some pizza. See below for what I am talking about.

I DID like the pizza art, I must admit.

Below is Brian "Pizza Brain" Dwyer, who is the mastermind/pizza Nazi behind this whole ordeal.

When I got inside, I was comforted by the fluidity of operations, and the professionalism of the staff. I started coming around.

Luckily I had some cans of Bud heavy (which I shared with the staff), while I waited for my slices. This pizza is THIN. Good sign.

The "Wendy Wedgesworth" boasted mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, arugula, and honey goat cheese. The crust was quite spectacular, and the ingredients were none too shabby. Light and easy to eat, I imagine the veggies go nuts for this stuff.

The "Jane" is the plain slice, though it touts mozzarella, aged provolone, Grana Padano (a less sharp parm-style hard cheese), and fresh basil. This was probably my favorite slice. Simple, with a well seasoned sauce and nutty flavor from the cheese, I could eat this one on the regular.

The "Lucy Waggle" came with mozzarella, Grana Padano, pine nuts, fresh thyme, sweet dates, crisped prosciutto, and arugula. The salty ham was great with the fresh arugula, and the dates added just enough sweetness.

There was a hell of a lot of care put into this place, and the pizza really shows it.

Bottom line, don't let the hipster fool you, they really make some of the best pizza around right here on Frankford.


Jay said...

I'm a fan. The plain white ('Leonard Bookman') is my favorite, and though I keep hoping to catch them on the daily slice rotation, I suppose one day I'll just have to go all in and pick up the 'Bernie Templeton' (potato, cheddar, goat cheese and scallion white pie) and 'Queenie Delouche' (mushroom white pie) as whole pies.

The sauce on their red pies has gotten better since they've opened, but it's still just a bit too sweet for me. So I prefer the whites. Not that it's bad at all, just a personal taste thing. The 'Jane' is still a good plain slice, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, like I do for the Italian Market Lorenzo's when I'm seeking out something close to the ideal plain slice of my North Jersey youth...

Anonymous said...

Pizza Brain is very good. Other favs of mine are 'Pizzeria Beddia'(Girard Ave) and 'Pizzeria DiMeo's' on Henry Ave (the Oak Roasted Wings are very good as well).